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Job opportunity – Looking for a Communications Manager

Do you have communications skills that you would like to use for a good cause?

Would you like to get involved in a community organization?

Do you dream of joining a warm and caring team?

Join the Parkinson Montreal-Laval team!

Position Summary

As part of a maternity leave replacement, Parkinson Montreal-Laval is looking for a Communications Manager to promote its services and activities to its various audiences.

Information about the organization

Parkinson Montreal-Laval (PML) is a charitable organization whose mission is to improve the well-being of people living with Parkinson’s disease and their loved ones by offering support, information and training services.

Main responsibilities

Under the supervision of the PML Coordinator, the Communications Manager’s primary duties will include:

  • Establish and follow up on communication plans for various projects and fundraising campaigns
  • Create and write articles and promotional content for our different communication tools such as the website, newsletter and bulletin
  • Create and diffuse different communication tools to promote our projects and services Manage social media (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube) and Google Ads
  • Update the website (CRM WordPress) (English/French)
  • Update the organization’s distribution calendar
  • Analyze data and results of the various communication tools in order to adapt and improve the strategies used
  • Ensure daily media monitoring of issues surrounding Parkinson’s disease and caregivers
  • Manage media relations: update the media list, send out press releases, analyze media opportunities
  • Coordinate and review writing and translations of communication tools
  • Produce videos for our social networks and website
  • Perform any other related tasks as needed

Skills and qualities required

  • Training in communications or a related field or equivalent experience
  • Excellent writing skills in French and English
  • Ability to translate texts (mostly from French to English) (an asset)
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, social media and WordPress newsletter software
  • Knowledge of video editing software (an asset)
  • Knowledge of the community environment (an asset)
  • Team player, positive attitude, organized and hardworking

Work conditions

  • Salary offered: $22.50/hr
  • Number of hours per week : 21hrs; 3 days per week
  • Employment status: maternity leave replacement for an expected duration of 9 months
  • Start date: February 2022
  • Home office (during the pandemic)

To apply

Please send your resume and a letter of motivation to Janie Guénette, Coordinator, by email to before January 28, 2022. Interviews will be held the week of January 31, 2022.

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Our team is growing: welcome to Marie!

The Parkinson Montreal-Laval team is very pleased to welcome Marie Corbeil as a caregiver advisor.

Dynamic and committed, Marie joins the team with a great experience in the field of health and research and a great motivation to best meet the needs of caregivers.

In order to get to know her, Marie agreed to answer a few questions.

First of all, could you introduce yourself?

Before joining the Parkinson Montreal-Laval team, I worked in research for the Réseau Parkinson Québec, from 2016 to 2021. Prior to that, I worked with Dr. Ronald Postuma at the McGill University Health Centre for a few years. I recruited, met and assessed research participants (patients and caregivers) for our Data Bank. In the past, I have also been a teacher and life coach.

Why did you want to join the Parkinson Montreal-Laval team?

Over the past few years, I realized that it was the contact with people that it was the most important for me. Being in a clinic only one day a week, it was not enough to meet my needs. I therefore decided to join the Parkinson Montreal-Laval team as a caregiver advisor in order to focus on human interaction.

What does your job as a caregiver advisor involve?

I am there to inform, document and refer caregivers according to their needs. I offer individual support sessions as well as post-diagnosis sessions for people living with Parkinson’s and their families. I also participate, with my team, in the organization of conferences and/or events for Parkinson Montreal-Laval. It is with great enthusiasm and motivation that I join this great team. I look forward to meeting you.

To contact Marie Corbeil, caregiver advisor:

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Let’s move forward together: PML presents its XMAS calendar!

The countdown to the holidays has begun and for the occasion, the Parkinson’s Montreal-Laval team is pleased to offer you its XMAS calendar.

Every day, visit our website or our social networks to discover a new box that will reveal stories, useful information and many other surprises!

With this XMAS calendar, we would like to end the year with a smile and say a BIG THANK YOU to all of you because you made this year rhyme with generosity and solidarity!

Happy holidays to all!

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Parkinson’s Journey: a marathon of donations!

What a journey we have made since the Parkinson’s Journey was launched last June! The finish line has been successfully crossed!

The participants and donors showed great energy and endurance. Thanks to their involvement, the Parcours Parkinson allowed Parkinson Montréal-Laval to collect $24,104 in donations.

While this year again we had to adapt to the health context, the Journey was above all marked by ambitious challenges, moments of conviviality and great generosity.

Donations that move the cause forward

Thanks to the donations received, Parkinson Montreal-Laval can continue to offer a range of activities to provide people living with the disease and their loved ones with the services, advice and support they need.

These services and activities include the Info-Reference line, self-help groups, support groups, Practice Your Voice workshops and many others.

The entire team of Parkinson Montreal-Laval warmly thanks all the participants and donors.

Nice challenges!

Behind these figures, there are also and above all committed people. This year, no less than 13 teams were created to participate in the Journey.

Among these teams, there is, for example, the one of Claudie Séguin who set herself an ambitious goal to raise awareness among her loved ones and her community about Parkinson’s disease, which has been part of her family’s daily life for several years. But for Claudie, it was also an opportunity to take up a personal challenge and to go beyond her limits. Indeed, after several months of preparation (and despite a few unforeseen circumstances), Claudie completed a 25-kilometre run, followed by a 5-kilometre walk with her father, who lives with Parkinson’s disease, on October 19. Her motivation, commitment and perseverance allowed Claudie to raise $3,020! With this run and walk with her father, Claudie reminded us of the importance of physical activity to better live with Parkinson’s disease.

And this year, some teams even went beyond the borders of Quebec! Sharon Brissette, administrator of Parkinson Montreal-Laval, also successfully mobilized her community with her team and her challenge in Victoria, Ontario. On September 19th, in a warm and friendly atmosphere, participants took part in a 5-kilometre walk to promote physical activity and raise funds to provide adapted services to Canadians affected by Parkinson’s disease. In total, about 60 people participated in the event and raised over $4,500.

The Parkinson Montreal-Laval team was mobilized throughout the Journey to support you. On September 12th, the team proposed a Facebook Live to warm up and motivate each other. More than 400 people were in front of their screen.

With these great results, the team is more motivated than ever and looks forward to seeing you next year for a new Parkinson’s Journey.

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New service – Sign up for meditation and chair yoga workshops

To start the year off right, Parkinson Montreal-Laval is pleased to offer a new series of 5 meditation and chair yoga workshops starting September 13.

Led by Marie-Pier Leclerc, these workshops offer a well-balanced combination of mindfulness (meditation) and gentle movement (chair yoga).

Participants will become aware of their bodies, in movement and at rest, and of their mental activity in order to develop more presence and to equip themselves for greater physical well-being, inner calm and mental clarity.

When: Mondays from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. starting September 13, for 5 weeks

Level: Therapeutic approach open to all


About Marie-Pier Leclerc, Teacher and trainer | Yoga, meditation and dance | Classical and therapeutic approaches
Passionate about human beings, Marie-Pier coaches and guides people from all walks of life to develop healthy physical, mental and emotional habits. With her boundless and sparkling energy, she has been creating, for more than 10 years now, spaces of communion where each and everyone can touch their uniqueness and develop in a lasting way the confidence that we carry within us everything we need to achieve our full potential and happiness.

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Job opportunity – Become our new Caregiver Advisor

Information about the organization

Parkinson Montreal-Laval (PML) is a charitable organization whose mission is to improve the well-being of people living with Parkinson’s disease and their loved ones by offering support, information and training services.

Position Summary

The caregiver advisor for people living with Parkinson’s disease will be the resource person for this target clientele within the organization. The person will offer guidance, psycho-social support, information, training and referral to available services and resources.

Main responsibilities

Under the supervision of the PML Coordinator, the Caregiver Advisor’s principal duties will include:

  • Welcoming caregivers who contact the organization either by phone, email or in person by offering them attentive listening and support in identifying and formulating their needs
  • Refer them to the appropriate services and resources
  • Guide and support caregivers in their journey
  • Offer individual, family or small group meetings at our offices, via Zoom or by phone
  • Develop the contact network of partners and resources on the territory
  • Maintain and improve the list of resources for caregivers
  • Organize conferences and information sessions on the disease, on stress management, on the prevention of burnout or any other relevant subject, according to the needs of caregivers
  • Facilitate training workshops or support groups (as needed)
  • Handle confidential customer information, statistics and archiving

Position Requirements

  • Certificate in social work, psychology or other related field
  • Experience working with seniors and their families (an asset)
  • Have a good knowledge of the health and social services network and community resources
  • Knowledge of the needs of caregivers as well as issues related to degenerative diseases (an asset)
  • Have an excellent knowledge of French and English, spoken and written

Skills required

  • High interpersonal skills, sympathetic listening and empathy
  • Support in illness and grief (an asset)
  • Professional Judgment and Discernment
  • Confidentiality
  • Desire to learn and to improve yourself
  • Ability to communicate well both orally and in writing
  • Facilitation of workshops or support groups
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Good organizational and planning skills
  • Good knowledge of the Office suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint)

Working conditions

  • Salary : 29$/hr
  • Hours per week: 15h/week
  • Employment status : contractual
  • Location: remote and/or office
  • Expected start date: immediate

To apply

Please send your resume and a letter of motivation to Janie Guénette, Coordinator, by email at

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Tribute to Carmen Fortin, volunteer for Parkinson Montreal-Laval

It is with deep sorrow that the Parkinson Montreal-Laval team was informed of the death of Carmen Fortin, an exceptional volunteer who was involved in the community for many years. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.

Carmen Fortin had been living with Parkinson’s disease for many years. Very active, her life reflects the power of action.

After her diagnosis, Carmen quickly became involved in the Parkinson’s Montreal-Laval community. A qualified teacher, she wanted to share her experience with as many people as possible by creating a support group in her area and then becoming a “coach” for new support group leaders.

Driven by a sense of urgency and a desire to respond to the needs of people living with the disease, she gave a lot of her time and was able to mobilize her entourage.

Committed and multi-talented volunteer, she has become a reference within Parkinson Montreal-Laval. Aware of the benefits of physical exercise, she travelled across the region to give conferences and share her expertise on how to live better with Parkinson’s.</div>Committed and multi-talented volunteer, she has become a reference within Parkinson Montreal-Laval. Aware of the benefits of physical exercise, she travelled across the region to give conferences and share her expertise on living better with Parkinson’s. She also initiated the Practice Your Voice workshops in collaboration with Dr. Ingrid Verduyckt, Assistant Professor at the School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology of the University of Montreal. These essential workshops for people living with Parkinson’s meet once a week. Always ready to propose new projects and adapting to people’s needs, she knew how to help them in their personal care. Carmen was also involved in the accounting for several years.

Beyond her volunteer role, Carmen was a brave, dedicated and positive person.

It is with a lot of affection that Parkinson Montreal-Laval will remember Carmen.

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Let’s go for the Parkinson’s Journey!

Ready, Set, Go! The Parkinson’s Journey, the most important fundraising campaign in the province, is back. From now until September 30, you can participate and help us reach our goal of $20,000 in donations for the Montreal-Laval region.

Like every year, we will be thousands of people living with Parkinson’s disease, loved ones, families and everyone who supports the cause, to mobilize in support of the 100,000 Quebecers affected by Parkinson’s disease – 25,000 diagnosed people and their loved ones.

This year’s theme is To move is to live, to give is to hope. The objective of the journey is to invite participants to take part in a walk to promote physical activity and to raise the funds necessary to offer adapted services to people affected by the disease.

For this occasion Parkinson Montreal-Laval will offer a Facebook Live on September 12th for an online warm-up session.

Moving for a good cause

To participate in the Parkinson’s Journey, you have several options:

1. Take on a personal challenge, alone or in a team

To do so:

  • Choose your challenge (walk, run, dance or any other physical activity), its time period and date
  • Register yourself or your team on our page
  • Raise awareness of this challenge and invite your friends and community to make a donation
  • Post photos and/or videos of your challenge on social networks. To help us share your challenge, don’t hesitate to identify our Facebook @parkinsonmontreal.laval and/or Instagram parkinsonml accounts

2. Join our Facebook Live event on September 12 by registering online

3. Donate to the Parkinson’s Journey and help us reach our goal of $20,000

A major campaign for Montreal-Laval

By joining the Parcours Parkinson Montréal-Laval, you allow us to offer local services in our community. Donations are essential to consolidate and develop our services, such as the Info-reference telephone line, post-diagnosis meetings, self-help and support groups, physical activity classes, twinning and many other activities offered throughout the year.

In the Greater Montreal area, 10,000 people are living with the disease and 40,000 people are affected when caregivers are included. Statistics show that the number of cases will double by 2031. This is why we want to redouble our efforts!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us: by email at or by phone at 514 868.0597.

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Roll up your sleeves with the Bike Challenge

Do You Know? Once again this year, pedaling will help a good cause! The Bike Challenge, proposed by Parkinson Quebec, is back with its 11th edition, which takes place online from June 10 to October 13, 2021.

Participating in this challenge and becoming a Pedallian is an active commitment to the well-being of the 100,000 Quebecers affected by Parkinson’s disease – 25,000 diagnosed people and their families.

The goal? Accumulate miles together to raise $200,000 in donations for the Parkinson’s community.

An interactive format to be active and positive!

If this 11th edition takes place in virtual mode, the commitment of the participants is real. To participate, the pedallists can, at their choice :

  • Set a goal and accumulate the kilometers pedaled during your personal excursions for the duration of the Bike Challenge.
  • Organize an excursion and pedal according to the challenge previously set.
  • Organize a team excursion on a specific day.
  • Accumulate kilometers by exercise bike or pedal boat to reach the chosen challenge (40 km, 60 km, 90 km, 150 km).

Trips are possible throughout the province of Quebec (and beyond!) at any time, but with a symbolic date of Saturday, August 28, 2021, when a gathering at Oka Park should have taken place.

To participate, it’s simple, just create your team or join one on the Parkinson Quebec website by clicking here.

As part of the donations will be given to regional organizations such as Parkinson Montreal-Laval, Parkinson Quebec invites participants to note the name of the region in their profile or team name.

In addition, you can follow the sporting success of the cyclists involved by joining the Défi Vélo Parkinson Québec club on the Strava application by clicking here.

Participants are invited to communicate to give the challenge, and therefore the cause, maximum visibility!

The PML team gets into the saddle!

With Janie, Elisabeth, Linda, Sophie, Annie and Alissa, the entire PML team is getting into the saddle. More motivated than ever, they are mobilized to collect essential donations for the PML community. The funds raised will allow PML to consolidate and develop a number of services and activities to provide people living with Parkinson’s and their loved ones with the advice and support they need.

So don’t hesitate and join the Pedallian community!

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Connected and mobilized: the activity report is available!

If the health crisis has somewhat changed the way of doing things, it has fortunately not had any impact on the services offered. Indeed, whether by phone, by videoconference or by e-mail, the entire team of Parkinson Montreal-Laval remained mobilized to provide people living with the disease and their caregivers with the services and support they need.

We were very quick to make the virtual shift and to assist our members in this transition. Moreover, despite the changing context, our services have greatly diversified.

During the year, more than 1000 members benefited from our services.

Find all our actions and much more in the 2020 activity report.

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